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Pilates uses resistance training and a rotation of 500 exercises to work the body's midsection, improve muscle tone, balance, coordination, posture, and mental focus.

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9 questions have been asked and answered by our network of professionals about Pilates

I want to tone muscles without losing weight! What should I be doing?

Posted on Sep 10, 2012 Latest answer by Sep 28, 2012 Franklin Antoian, personal trainer

What can I do for advanced arthritis in my left hip? Do I need a hip replacement? I am only 55.

Posted on Sep 21, 2012 Latest answer by Sep 21, 2012 Lynda Lippin, Pilates instructor

Should I seek a nutritionist or trainer? Weight 198; 6'-0"; need to lose 12 lbs.

Posted on Mar 6, 2012 Latest answer by Oct 14, 2012 Al Chu, personal trainer

I am 7 months pregnant. Can I take a Pilates class?

Posted on Mar 23, 2012 Latest answer by Mar 23, 2012 Nicola Yvette, Pilates instructor

What are good abdominal exercises for someone who has a bad back and shouldn't do sit-ups?

Posted on Jan 23, 2012 Latest answer by Jan 23, 2012 Halle Clarke, Pilates instructor

Is Pilates safe for women who are pregnant?

Posted on Sep 22, 2011 Latest answer by Sep 22, 2011 Daniel Loigerot, Pilates instructor

I've heard that mat Pilates is useful for beginners. Can I start on the Reformer, or should I begin on a mat?

Posted on May 8, 2012 Latest answer by May 8, 2012 Maytal Rozensher, Pilates instructor

I have a weak core! How can I make sure my lower back is comfortable and pain-free during mat Pilates?

Posted on Sep 21, 2011 Latest answer by Dec 3, 2011 Maytal Rozensher, Pilates instructor

What is the proper inhale vs. exhale breathing method for Pilates?

Posted on Sep 21, 2011 Latest answer by Nov 15, 2011 Lynda Lippin, Pilates instructor